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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26051

Title: Becoming a Family Physician – Exploring the Experiences of Residents During the First Six Months of PostgraduateTraining
Authors: Martin, Dawn
Advisor: Thiessen, Dennis
Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Keywords: transitions
medical education
Issue Date: 8-Feb-2011
Abstract: Becoming a Family Physician – Exploring the Experiences of Residents During the First Six Months of Postgraduate Training describes the early training experience of residents from their perspective as they begin a postgraduate program in Family Medicine. A case study approach using focus groups and individual interviews was used to gain insight into the resident-participant’s experiences of the first six months of training. Resident-participants were asked to describe their concerns, changes that occurred and the influences they attributed to those changes as a way to explore their early training experiences from their perspective. This study found resident-trainees do not begin a Family Medicine postgraduate training program knowing what it means to be a Family Physician, but must learn what it means to fulfill this role. From the participants’ perspective, this process involves adjusting to significant shifts in responsibility in the areas of Knowledge, Practice Management and Relationships that occur when they make the transition from being medical students in undergraduate training to doctors responsible for the outcome of care during postgraduate training. As the participants began postgraduate training they were eager to accept the responsibility of being the doctor, but were uncertain they had the necessary medical experience and expertise for someone calling themselves the doctor. The experience of practice, which included developing relationships with different patients over time (continuity of care) was particularly influential in helping the participants gain confidence in fulfilling the role of doctor and learning that the role of Family Physician is complex, multifaceted and not limited to their initial concept of doctoring. As the participants adjusted to their new responsibilities, they gained confidence in their new role as doctor, which subsequently led to a more comprehensive understanding of what it meant to be a Family Physician. This study was able to contribute to what little is know about the transition into a postgraduate Family Medicine program by illuminating from the resident-participant’s perspective how the transition is experienced. In doing so, medical educators have a better understanding of the early training experience of resident-trainees and how these experiences contribute to consolidating their new professional identity.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/26051
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